Dear AVS Families:
What a scorcher of a weekend! It reminded me of my years living in the Caribbean, Central America, and the southern USA with no air conditioning and high humidity. Although our heat wave, thankfully, lacked humidity, the energy draining effect is the same.
In an attempt to cope with the brutal 100 plus temperature, Cathy and I headed to a north coast beach. The sea breezes were cooling and the freezing ocean was quite refreshing, providing relief from the heat. I am thinking an air conditioned movie theater might be the ticket today.
Most of us view Labor Day as the last weekend of summer (although autumn doesn’t actually officially arrive until September 22nd). However, it has deeper meaning. Labor Day has been celebrated in one form or another since the mid-to-late 1800’s, with the more formal recognition starting in the early 1900’s. The holiday recognizes the labor movement in the United States, and the education, training, sacrifice, and the hard work and efforts of our ancestors, and a united national community in building one of the strongest economic and industrial forces in the world. Although the significance of the holiday has been lost over the years, we are still reaping the benefits of the industrialization and the intellectual awakening they generated, built, and supported.
On Friday, September 8th, the AVS Lower School will host its annual Back to School Night, an adult only event. Traditionally, our Back to School Night has been a fun, engaging time for parents to meet with teachers and to relive their elementary school days for one evening, but through the eyes of their AVS student. The evening will start promptly at 6:30 p.m., so please arrive at 6:00 p.m. to socialize and mingle, during which time wine, beer, and snacks will be provided by the Parent Group. Please do not be tardy.
The following week, on Wednesday, September 13th, the Middle School will host its version of Back to School Night on the Mission Campus. This is also an adult only event. The Middle School program will also start at 6:30 p.m., but please arrive early for some social time before the start of the evening’s activities. It will be great to see everyone at Back to School Night at both locations.
This year, you will be receiving the Week Ahead from either Katie Gibbons or Jennie Chipparullo, depending on which division(s) your child(ren) attend. These emails will be division specific, with either links to classroom pages or school unique announcements. In addition, the Middle School will have a monthly newsletter. I will continue to provide input and information via electronic communications.
Stay cool and hydrate!